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International Forum on Acceptance of Foreign Nationals and Their Integration into Japan

February 25, 2021
A panel discussion with Mr. Keizo Yamawaki, as a moderator, were held.
Opening remarks by Mr. Konosuke Kokuba

On February 25, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the International Organization for Migration(IOM) jointly held the online event entitled “International Forum on Acceptance of Foreign Nationals and Their Integration into Japan”. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

  1. At this forum, under the theme of “Disseminating Information to Foreign Residents in Japan: Current Situation and Issues seen in COVID-19 Pandemic”, opening remarks by Konosuke Kokuba, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, and the keynote speech by IOM Secretary-General Antonio Vitorino were given. In addition, presentation by the domestic and overseas experts and a panel discussion with Mr. Keizo Yamawaki, professor, School of Global Japanese Studies, Meiji University, as a moderator, were held, in conjunction with lively discussions among the participants.

  2. In the opening remarks, Mr. Konosuke Kokuba called for prompt response should there be a situation in which the necessary information has not delivered to foreign residents in Japan under the current spread of COVID-19 pandemic. He also stated that he hopes that there will be a vigorous exchange of opinions between experts heading towards the realization of a society of harmonious coexistence at this forum.

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